Olivier Awards 2017 Winners

10:25 AM 4/9/2017

by Alex Ritman and David Rooney

'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' took home the lion's share of the prizes at the U.K.'s biggest night for the stage.

'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'
'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'
Manuel Harlan

The Olivier Awards, the biggest night for the British stage, landed on Sunday, which — unfortunately for those sporting heavy suits and ties — also happened to be the U.K.'s hottest day of the year so far (temperatures in London reached 77 degrees). 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was hotly tipped to clean up at the ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall, going into the evening with a record-breaking 11 nominations, including for best new play, director and set design, as well as acting nominations for Jamie Parker, who plays Harry; Noma Dumezweni, for her portrayal of Hermione; and Anthony Boyle's Scorpius Malfoy. It eventually came away with nine nods, beating the previous record held by Matilda and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which earned seven apiece. The two-part Harry Potter play is heading to Broadway in early 2018.

The evening also welcomed the return of Glenda Jackson. The actress, who won two Academy Awards in the 1970s, took a near quarter-century break from stage and screen to become a politician for the Labour Party, only returning to the theater last year to take the lead in King Lear. Jackson earned a best actress nomination for her much acclaimed performance, but lost out to former Doctor Who star Billie Piper for Yerma, which also took the prize for best play revival.

The Oliviers, considered the British equivalent of the Tony Awards, put some steam behind Groundhog Day, the Broadway transfer of which is currently in previews. The show won best musical and best actor in a musical for Andy Karl, who stepped into the shoes of Bill Murray's screen character in a role he is reprising stateside. Other winners included Glee breakout Amber Riley for her electric turn as Effie White in the West End debut of Dreamgirls.

Marking a strong year for composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, his 1971 rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar won best musical revival while his new show, School of Rock, earned an outstanding achievement in music honor for the child musicians who play live onstage at every performance. Another distinguished British stage veteran, Kenneth Branagh, was the recipient of a special award.

See the list of the main winners below. 

  • Best Musical

    'Groundhog Day'
    'Groundhog Day'
    Manuel Harlan

    

Groundhog Day at The Old Vic
 – WINNER

    Dreamgirls at Savoy Theatre

    

The Girls at Phoenix Theatre

    
School of Rock: The Musical at New London Theatre

  • Best Actress in a Musical

    Amber Riley in 'Dreamgirls'
    Amber Riley in 'Dreamgirls'
    Courtesy of Brinkhoff-Moogenburg

    Amber Riley for Dreamgirls at Savoy Theatre
 – WINNER

    Glenn Close for Sunset Boulevard at London Coliseum

    
Debbie Chazen, Sophie-Louise Dann, Michele Dotrice, Claire Machin, Claire Moore and Joanna Riding – for The Girls at Phoenix Theatre


    
Sheridan Smith for Funny Girl at Savoy Theatre

  • Best Actor in a Musical

    Andy Karl and Carlyss Peer in 'Groundhog Day'
    Andy Karl and Carlyss Peer in 'Groundhog Day'
    Manuel Harlan

    
Andy Karl for Groundhog Day at the Old Vic
 – WINNER

    David Fynn for School of Rock: The Musical at New London Theatre

    

Tyrone Huntley for Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre


    Charlie Stemp for Half a Sixpence at Noel Coward Theatre

  • Best Supporting Actress in a Musical

    Haydn Gwynne and Nick Holder in 'The Threepenny Opera'
    Haydn Gwynne and Nick Holder in 'The Threepenny Opera'
    Courtesy of The National Theatre

    
Rebecca Trehearn for Show Boat at New London Theatre – WINNER

    Haydn Gwynne for The Threepenny Opera at National Theatre

    

Victoria Hamilton-Barritt for Murder Ballad at Arts Theatre


    

Emma Williams for Half a Sixpence at Noel Coward Theatre

  • Best Supporting Actor in a Musical

    Adam J. Bernard in 'Dreamgirls'
    Adam J. Bernard in 'Dreamgirls'
    Courtesy of Brinkoff

    
Adam J Bernard for Dreamgirls at Savoy Theatre - WINNER

    Ian Bartholomew for Half a Sixpence at Noel Coward Theatre

    

Ben Hunter for The Girls at Phoenix Theatre

    

Andrew Langtree for Groundhog Day at the Old Vic

  • Best New Play

    'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'
    'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'
    Manuel Harlan

    
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at Palace Theatre
 - WINNER

    Elegy at Donmar Warehouse


    The Flick at National Theatre


    
One Night in Miami at Donmar Warehouse

  • Best Actor

    
Jamie Parker
    
Jamie Parker
    Manuel Harlan

    
Jamie Parker for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at Palace Theatre - WINNER

    Ed Harris for Buried Child at Trafalgar Studios 1

    
Tom Hollander for Travesties at Apollo Theatre


     Ian McKellen for No Man’s Land at Wyndham’s Theatre

  • Best Revival

    'The Glass Menagerie'
    'The Glass Menagerie'

    Yerma at Young Vic - WINNER

    The Glass Menagerie at Duke of York’s Theatre

    
This House at Garrick Theatre


    Travesties at Apollo Theatre


  • Best Supporting Actress

    Noma Dumezweni
    Noma Dumezweni
    Charlie Gray

    Noma Dumezweni for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at Palace Theatre
 - WINNER

    Melissa Allan, Caroline Deyga, Kirsty Findlay, Karen Fishwick, Kirsty MacLaren, Frances Mayli McCann, Joanne McGuinness and Dawn Sievewright for Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour at National Theatre


    Clare Foster for Travesties at Apollo Theatre


    Kate O’Flynn for The Glass Menagerie at Duke of York’s Theatre

  • Best Supporting Actor

    'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'
    'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'
    Manuel Harlan

    Anthony Boyle for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at Palace Theatre
 - WINNER

    Freddie Fox for Travesties at Apollo Theatre


    Brian J Smith for The Glass Menagerie at Duke of York’s Theatre


    Rafe Spall for Hedda Gabler at National Theatre – Lyttelton

  • Best Comedy

    'Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour'
    'Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour'
    Manuel Harlan

    Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour at National Theatre - WINNER

    The Comedy About a Bank Robbery at Criterion Theatre


    Nice Fish at Harold Pinter Theatre


    
The Truth at Wyndham’s Theatre

  • Best Actress

    Ruth Wilson & Rafe Spall 'Hedda Gabler'
    Ruth Wilson & Rafe Spall 'Hedda Gabler'
    Courtesy of Jan Versweyveld

    
Billie Piper for Yerma at Young Vic - WINNER

    Glenda Jackson for King Lear at the Old Vic

    
Cherry Jones for The Glass Menagerie at Duke of York’s Theatre


    

Ruth Wilson for Hedda Gabler at National Theatre

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